Oscar Whisky: was a leading fancy for the Blue Square Tolworth HurdlePICTURE: Getty Images
Tolworth Hurdle will not be saved again by BHA
THE Blue Square Tolworth Hurdle, which had been rescheduled from last Saturday's lost Sandown fixture to Ffos Las this Saturday, will not be saved again after the Ffos Las meeting was abandoned on Thursday.
It will be the second year running that the distinguished Grade 1 novice hurdle prize, last run in January 2008, has failed to take place but the BHA cited a combination of the weather forecast, the proximity of anothersimilar race and cost as the reasons for its decision.
The decision will be doubly disappointing to Ffos Las founder Dai Walters, who owns one of the leading fancies for the Tolworth Hurdle, Oscar Whisky.
Paul Struthers: "events have conspired against us"PICTURE: Jon Winter
BHA media manager Paul Struthers said on Thursday: "It's obviously regrettable, but the forecast for next week looks bleak and two weeks on Saturday you have the Grade 2 Rossington Main Hurdle at Haydock.
"As it is looking likely that the earliest you can reschedule the Tolworth is next weekend, it is only a week before the Rossington Main. The cost of rescheduling is a lot and with an opportunity seven days later, it's been decided not to reschedule.
"All of the Tolworth contenders are eligible for everyday novice hurdles, once we have got racing back on, and some haven't won a race, so they are even eligible for maidens. Unfortunately, events have conspired against us."
In the meantime efforts are continuing to enable Ffos Las to run the SIS Live Welsh Champion Hurdle, which was to feature reigning champion hurdler Punjabi, at the Welsh track's next scheduled fixture a week on Sunday.